Get a full list of the vaccines you need for Nigeria, and learn about the risk of diseases and the best ways to protect yourself while away.

Vaccinations for
Nigeria

As you prepare your departure for Nigeria, there are a few health considerations to address before leaving. These include vaccinations for Nigeria, as well as important health risks.


01.Vaccine list

Below you will find a list of vaccinations for Nigeria noted as official recommendations. You may not need all the travel vaccines for Nigeria. Whether or not you will need any of the listed injections for Nigeria depends on a variety of factors. To create a personal assessment based on your specific trip, book a free telephone consultation with one of our prescribing nurses.

Most travellers

Yellow fever

10 days before arrival

Hepatitis A

Anytime before arrival

Diphtheria, tetanus and polio

Anytime before arrival

Typhoid

2 weeks before arrival

Some travellers

Hepatitis B

4 weeks before arrival*

Meningitis

10 days before arrival

Cholera

2 weeks before arrival

Rabies

3 weeks before arrival*

02.Other health risks in Nigeria

Other health risks for which there are no vaccinations for Nigeria exist in the country. You can read more about them below and take necessary precautions.

Malaria

The risk of malaria is high and present in all parts of the country and throughout the year. It is therefore advised that you take antimalarials for your trip to Nigeria. As drug resistant malaria is present in the country, it is a good idea to seek advice before choosing the type of antimalarial.

Apart from taking antimalarials, you are also recommended to practice anti-mosquito bite prevention while in Nigeria. It is especially important to protect yourself from mosquito bites during the night, as this is when transmission usually occurs.

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Zika

There is a high risk of zika virus throughout the country. Be sure you are prepared for your stay in Nigeria with anti-mosquito repellents and other bite prevention methods.

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Dengue

Dengue risk is high across all of Nigeria. You can reduce your risk and stay as safe as possible by consistently taking meticulous care to avoid mosquito bites.

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03.Precautions for Nigeria

It is important to take precautions during your stay in Nigeria, as the diseases can be spread in many different ways and the risk can increase at anytime.

Mosquitoes

There is a risk of malaria, dengue fever and zika in Nigeria, and you cannot be protected against the diseases by vaccination.

Because of this, it is really important you protect yourself against mosquito bites, which are the main cause of these infections during your stay in the country.

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Food and water

All travellers going to Nigeria should take care with food and water hygiene, as there is a risk of typhoid, polio, cholera and hepatitis A, which are all transmitted through contaminated food and water.

If you are visiting friends or relatives in Nigeria or are a long-stay traveller, you are at increased risk of consuming contaminated food and drinks, and you should therefore be extra careful.

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04.Useful contacts in Nigeria

You may find the following contacts useful while in Nigeria.

The British Deputy High Commission Lagos The British Deputy High Commission Lagos can assist you, if you are in need for urgent help. You can call them on + 234 (1) 277 0780 /0781 /0782.

The British High Commission Abuja The British High Commission Abuja can also assist you and can be reached on +234 (0) 94623100.

Local emergency medical services For emergencies needing medical assistance, dial +234 112 or +234 767 which reach both the police and the ambulance.

Medical facilities and practitioners If you get ill while you are away, here is a downloadable list of medical facilities and practitioners in Nigeria prepared by the British Deputy High Commission.

05.Checklist for your trip to Nigeria

  • Check if you need vaccinations Speak with one of our prescribing nurses at least six to eight weeks before travel for advice on vaccinations for Nigeria

  • Yellow fever certificate As a country with risk of yellow fever, inform yourself of the yellow fever certificate requirements upon entry in Nigeria. They are subject to change.

  • Travel insurance If you become ill in Nigeria and did not receive the right vaccinations before you left, your travel insurance can become void. So, make sure to check before you leave

  • Mosquito protection Ensure you have everything you need to minimise your chance of mosquito bites while in Nigeria, including DEET insect repellent

  • Note useful contact numbers In case of an emergency, have your important you as you travel through Nigeria

Content reviewed by

Anne Marie Major, Independent Nurse Prescriber
June 20, 2019

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